Category Archives: Global warming

Wolverines: Quest to protect magnificent mustelid continues

News flash: Climate change imperils wolverines and Feds must act! That’s the recent headline from ABC news, reporting on court proceedings in Missoula, Montana. On Monday, April 4th, “U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to act as quickly … Continue reading

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Channel your inner wolverine!

Happy Wolverine Birthday! According to the Wolverine Foundation, February 14th is the day designated to symbolically mark the birth of wolverine kits. They come into the world under five inches long, weighing 3.5-5.11 ounces, and covered in white fur. They … Continue reading

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Bear 399: Delisting the grizzly you know

(UPDATE: May 10, 2016 deadline to submit comments on delisting. Access all related documents and find comment link here.) We humans don’t relate well to nonhuman animals at the population level–so goes the theory. But give us the particulars about … Continue reading

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Save a hog, eat a teacher: Challenging animal agriculture

What happens when you criticize animal agriculture? I’ll tell you. You’re called a “complete moron.” A “libtard.” An “idiot” and an “a**hole.” You’re told to “shut the f up.” Oh, and look, here’s Yoda in an Internet meme: “The retard … Continue reading

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Eating Earth: an ethics-based guide for enviros & animal activists

They’re eating me out of house and home! Idioms, as you know, are shorthand codes for more complex ideas. As I read Lisa Kemmerer’s latest offering, “Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics & Dietary Choice,” I kept returning to that idiomatic gluttonous … Continue reading

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Sheep dressing, pig wrestling, chicken scrambling: Bullies are made, not born

For weeks now, our local newspaper has been running a full-page ad for the PIGGEST. RAFFLE. EVER. It exhorts me to kick-off my summer “the right way, by winning the ultimate BBQ package.” A pink pig, arms akimbo, grins sardonically. … Continue reading

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A tar sands skirmish for human & animal rights

Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down. ~Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Nothing says gates of hell like Alberta, Canada’s tar sands, often … Continue reading

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In wildfire’s path: Animal homes, human homes

When wildfire comes calling, all priorities shift. Animal rights work slides into oblivion while concern for individual animals–in this case, our own companion animals–sets sirens to shrieking in my head. Can I sneak the two cat carriers out of the attic … Continue reading

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Hey Chicago–animal suffering lies behind that scenic splendor

Dear Chicago: We need to talk. You can trust me–I’m practically a native daughter. Heck, from my hometown in Indiana, we can look across Lake Michigan and see your skyline (well, on a clear day). I’m a Cubs fan, ’nuff said! But … Continue reading

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The wolverine: one gnarly dude…who needs our help

Updated 7/5/14: Politics trumps science; USFWS  reverses ESA listing proposal – here. Leaked FWS memo is here. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the stinkiest, snarliest, gnarliest, wildest of them all? Why, Gulo gulo–the amazing wolverine–of course! And the gnarly little … Continue reading

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